Governments and policies adapting to critical known unknown

We argued in Lack of US market & macro volatility both reassuring and troubling (17 January) that “the market’s willingness to look through domestic political and geopolitical events suggests that only a significant exogenous or endogenous shock currently beyond markets’ radar screens (an “unknown unknown”) is likely to really move the needle”. That unknown unknown, a “black swan” event, has

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Global growth shaken, central banks stirred

The drastic measures which governments across the world have taken so far to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus have few precedents outside of war times and therefore quantifying their economic, financial and social impact remains challenging. However, there is little doubt that economic activity in China, the epicentre of the epidemic, has slowed sharply. Disruptions and delays to international

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Virus, volatility and valuations

In reaction to the coronavirus epidemic governments across the world have enacted measures unprecedented in recent decades, including closing national borders, setting up quarantine zones, restricting travel and closing factories and schools. Economic activity in China has slowed sharply and disruptions to international supply chains are impacting global trade and production with the slump in tourism heaping further pressure on

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What next for Asian currencies

Note that I will be speaking on the currency panel at the 5th Global Independent Research Conference on 3rd February in London (1 Wimpole Street). We will be discussing the outlook for i) Asian and EM currencies, including the Renminbi, ii) developed market currencies, including the Euro and Sterling, iii) depressed global FX volatility, iv) central bank monetary policy and

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Asian currencies showing some viral resistance

Note that I will be speaking on the currency panel at the 5th Global Independent Research Conference on 3rd February in London (1 Wimpole Street). Independent research providers will be debating their views on a range of investment topics through panel discussions. This conference is for the buy-side community including Portfolio Managers, Chief Investment Officers, Fund Managers, Strategists, Analysts and

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Lack of US market & macro volatility both reassuring and troubling

Note that I will be speaking on the currency panel at the 5th Global Independent Research Conference on 3rd February in London (1 Wimpole Street). Independent research providers will be debating their views on a range of investment topics through panel discussions. This conference is for the buy-side community including Portfolio Managers, Chief Investment Officers, Fund Managers, Strategists, Analysts and

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